Date of Birth : Oct 18th 1990
Schroeder’s tag-along trip to her cousin’s audition in 1993 turned out to be her lucky day and the start of her career as an actress. While there, the cute three-year-old was spotted by the casting director and asked if she would consider working for them. While Schroeder’s mother was hesitant at first, the prospects of earning money for a college education appealed to her.
After her first job, she began doing print work in Chicago for Sears, Roebuck and Company, Kmart, Spiegel, Land’s End, Chuck E. Cheese’s, and many other print advertisers. Two years later in 1995, renowned child director Bob Ebel was so taken by Schroeder’s wide-eyed innocence and extra spark of enthusiasm, he asked her to do a few television commercials.
Finding a true passion for film, she appeared in a small student film called We All Fall Down (2005). Schroeder also found time to squeeze in three other films that year; Firewall (2006), with Harrison Ford, Eye of the Dolphin (2006), and Prey (2007).
Set in 1978, Gracie is an inspirational film about a teenage girl who overcomes the loss of her brother and fights the odds to achieve her dream of playing competitive soccer at a time when girls soccer did not exist.
However, Schroeder was faced with a battle of her own when director Davis Guggenheim and Elizabeth Shue, producer were set on finding a real female soccer player and even initiated a nationwide casting call for the part of Grace Bowen. Undeterred, Schroeder began an intense three-month work-out that included a daily regime of not only physical fitness, but training in advanced soccer skills with professional athletes and trainers. Once she received the part, Schroeder trained even harder in order to hone her soccer skills. All this on top of the normal demands of shooting a feature film, including memorizing lines, taking direction and working with other actors.
The movie has been well received and continues to receive honors, including being named as an Official Selection for the Tribeca Film Festival, Delray Beach Film Festival, Kids First! Film Festival, Tiburon Film Festival, USA Family Film Festival and the Worldfest Houston Film festival.